TWO OF DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT'S
BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS TO SEE ACTION
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT FOXWOODS
JUNIOR YOUNAN & LOUIS CRUZ TO TAKE PART ON
50 CENT'S SMS PROMOTIONS' ESPN CARD
AT FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
New York, NY (6/30/14) - This Wednesday, 50 Cent's SMS Promotions returns to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, for a special edition of ESPNFriday Night Fights. Headlining the card will be Mark Davis (18-0, 5KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against Michael Farenas (38-4-4, 30KO's) in a 12-round super featherweight matchup. In the co-feature bout, former world champion Billy Dib looks to get back to his winning ways when he squares off against Alberto Garza (26-7-1, 21KO's) in a 10-round super featherweight showdown.
Scheduled to appear on the undercard in separate bouts will be two of the brightest young stars on DiBella Entertainment's loaded roster, highly regarded undefeated prospects Junior "Sugar Boy" Younan (4-0, 4KO's) (left in photo above) and Louis "Cruise Control" Cruz (7-0, 4KO's). Younan will take on tough-as-nails Azamat Umarzoda, who is coming off a majority draw against former amateur standout Kareem Martin in a four-round super middleweight matchup. Cruz squares off against Ryan Picou in a six-round junior welterweight bout.
The "boxing prodigy", as Younan was referred to in a lengthy New York Times
article written on him and his father/trainer Sherif Younan when Younan was just 10 years old, has long been in the spotlight starting with his amateur career. The blue-chip prospect first picked up a pair of gloves at just two years old and by the time he was eight, he was fighting competitively. Compiling an outstanding 90-5 record, the Brooklyn-native won nearly every major tournament that he competed in on both the regional and national level. In addition to winning the National Junior Olympic championship in 2011 (he lost a debated decision in the 2012 finals), the #1-rated amateur was a nine-time Junior Olympics champion, nine-time Junior Metro champion, eight-time NY State Silver Gloves champion, five-time Regional Silver Gloves champion, four-time National Silver Gloves champion, three-time Ringside World champion, three-time National PAL champion and a two-time National Junior Golden Gloves champion.
The 18-year-old phenom has more than lived up to his hype in his fist four bouts in his first year as a pro, scoring four devastating knockouts, all which have come before the two-minute mark of the very first round. A tough MMA fighter, Umarzoda has fought four consecutive undefeated opponents, and has only been stopped once in his career, his pro debut, and should provide a test for the young rising star.
Like Younan, the 23-year-old Bronx-native Cruz had a stellar amateur career, which saw him win the 2010 NY Golden Gloves, take silver at the 2011 National Golden Gloves and compete at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Cruz signed with DBE in early 2013, going a perfect 4-0 that year, and has already picked up two impressive victories this year, including a highlight reel first-round knockout over Jose Santiago in January. Cruz is looking for yet another impressive performance when he takes on Picou Wednesday night.
Tickets for the show are still available and are priced at $100, $75 and $45. In addition to the fights, 50 Cent will be celebrating his birthday that same evening and a purchase of the $100 seats gets you into the birthday bash for free. You can purchase tickets through all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Foxwoods.com
Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba will Encounter
"Black Ice" in Atlantic City on August 2
Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Atlantic City, NJ: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year old light heavyweight sensation from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa will return to Atlantic City to face Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the non-televised co-feature of the August 2nd fight between fellow Main Events' stable mate Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs).
Grachev and Chilemba
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Chilemba is coming off a gritty ten-round unanimous decision victory over Denis Grachev on March 15, 2010 at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. This was his second straight victory. Previously Isaac defeated Michael Gbenga in eight rounds at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on November 16, 2013. When asked about this upcoming fight with Cummings, "Golden Boy" replied, "I want to thank Main Events for this opportunity. I also want to thank my team and all my fans. Come August 2 I will be fully charged and ready to claim victory. I take all my opponents seriously as each one takes me a step closer to realizing my dream of the world title, so Cory Cummings should not for one minute think that I am coming unprepared!"
According to Isaac's trainer, former welterweight and light welterweight world champion Buddy McGirt, "Isaac is going to be ready for Cummings. We are going to be in great shape and prepare for anything that Cummings may throw at us. A good performance will move Isaac to the next level and he will accept nothing less." Jodi Solomon, Chilemba's manager, added, "Isaac's winning on August 2 will be a testament to his work ethic, determination to succeed and the incredible training he receives from Buddy McGirt, who is one of the best trainers in the game."
Cory "Black Ice" Cummings
Photo Courtesy of: Ron Rose
Isaac will face no small challenge in Cory "Black Ice' Cummings. Despite coming off of two straight defeats, Cummings has a dangerous knockout-to-win ratio of 76% (13 of 17). In his last fight, he faced Azea Augustama who was 16-1 heading into their match-up on June 7, 2013 in Miami, FL. Azea won a very close decision with all three judges scoring the bout 76-75. Many boxing fans believed Cummings won the bout, especially after he knocked Azea down in the first round.
When asked about his upcoming fight on August 2nd with Chilemba, Cory took a line from Mike Tyson and said only, "Everyone has a plan until they get hit." His manager, Ron Rose, added, "Tell Isaac Chilemba to beware because there's an ice storm that is going to hit Atlantic City on Aug 2nd, a 'Black Ice' storm, and there is nowhere for him to hide."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I'm excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings."
About Kovalev vs. Caparello:The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is on Saturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ. The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Darkbeginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and $250. They are available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the HBO Boxing After Dark special triple header split site telecast begins at 9:45 PM.
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